An adaptation of John Green’s first novel, Looking for Alaska, has been in the works for almost ten years. Problems with distributors, studios and other things have delayed the process, but it was finally picked up by Hulu and it was announced that it would be turned into an eight-episode limited series to air in October of this year.
The novel tells the story of Miles Halter, who arrives at a new school and meets the mysterious Alaska, with whom he falls in love. They become friends and with some other students from the school, they play pranks and party together, until a tragic event tests their friendship and also their knowledge about each other’s lives. It is, like other John Green works, a coming-of-age novel which deals with many themes important to teenagers. Furthermore, it also addresses an important topic — suicide.
In the adaptation, Miles will be played by Charlie Plummer, who has appeared on Boardwalk Empire, and Alaska will be played by Kristine Froseth, who recently appeared in Netflix’s The Society.
The teaser released last weekend shows the different characters from the book and their most memorable quotes, the most-quoted one probably being “I go to seek a great perhaps”. In the teaser, the atmosphere is clearly melancholic and mysterious, showing the mood of the TV adaptation. All episodes will be available on Hulu on October 18 and you can check out the teaser below!
Teenagers think they are invincible. They don’t know how right they are.
— Looking for Alaska (@AlaskaOnHulu) July 26, 2019